D’Onta Foreman was a monster at Texas, rushing for 2,028 yards in just 11 games back in 2016. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry that season, scoring 15 times. Now, the former All-American and Doak Walker Award winner will attempt to catch on with another NFL team, and is meeting with the Atlanta Falcons.
He’s struggled to get things going in the NFL. He was a third-round pick by the Houston Texans the following spring, and ran for 327 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, before tearing his Achilles in Week 11. That has been his best year to this point.
That injury cost him most of his 2018 season. He made his debut in late December, but was limited to seven rushes for -1 yards, and two receptions for 27 yards and his first touchdown through the air. He did not appear during the 2019 season, signing with the Indianapolis Colts but suffering a torn bicep in August. In 2020, he had a cup of coffee with the Tennessee Titans, picking up 100 yards from scrimmage over six games.
Now, he’s looking to crack another roster. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he’s visiting with the Atlanta Falcons during training camp today.
Former Texans’ and Titans’ RB D’Onta Foreman is visiting today with the Atlanta Falcons.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 3, 2021
If there is a depth chart to crack for an aspirant NFL running back, it is probably the Atlanta Falcons. The team’s three lead backs from a year ago, Todd Gurley, Ito Smith, and Brian Hill, are all gone.
Mike Davis, who picked up the slack for the injured Christian McCaffrey with the Carolina Panthers last year, is expected to be the lead back for the Falcons. He had 642 rushing yards with six touchdowns, along with 59 receptions for 373 yards and two scores through the air.
Qadree Ollison, who had three rushing yards in as many games for the Falcons last year, is currently penciled in as the RB2 and is the lone holdover from the 2020 club. The team also added versatile veteran Cordarrelle Patterson, and has rookies Javian Hawkins (Louisville) and Caleb Huntley (Ball State) on the roster right now.
As Texas prepares for its move to the SEC, we’ll see if D’Onta Foreman, one of the program’s biggest recent stars, can cut it in the league’s biggest city.
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